Why Comcast and Goldman Sachs Just Put $100 Million Into Cleaning Up Wedding Planning

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Description: Weddings are both a joyous family affair and a tangle of moving parts — perhaps it’s the stress of making sure one Trump-voting aunt won’t be seated next to a Democratic in-law, or rerouting those flowers from the wrong location on the big day — that make the event notoriously stressful for both brides… Read more »

Why an Investor Is Predicting Bitcoin Could Hit $700,000

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Description: The annual Sohn Investment Conference in New York is usually a place where Wall Street’s best hedge fund managers and investors present their top stock picks—from Amazon to Valeant Pharmaceuticals. And for the first time in the event’s 23-year history, one of those investors used the Sohn conference stage Monday to recommend a certain digital investment: Bitcoin…. Read more »

The world risks a full-blown oil shock within months

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Description: The world risks a full-blown oil shock within months as three geostrategic crises come to the boil and Saudi Arabia hints at US$100 crude, setting off a speculative scramble by commodity hedge funds. Source: FinancialPost.com Date: Apr 25, 2018 Link: http://business.financialpost.com/commodities/energy/oil-shock Questions for discussion: According to the article, why are oil prices likely to… Read more »

Here’s what Wall Street analysts think of Netflix’s earnings

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Description: Wall Street weighed in on Netflix’s blockbuster earnings and subscriber numbers. They were largely bullish, pushing the stock even higher in premarket trading Tuesday. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 17, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/17/heres-what-wall-street-analysts-think-of-netflixs-earnings.html Questions for discussion: What do the analysts say about Netflix that should be key to investor decision-making today? Would you be a buyer?

A family was billed $937 for a baby’s ointment—and that’s more than most Americans can afford

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Description: In an incident recently reported by Vox, a one-year-old named Margot managed to tie a hair around her toe, causing it to swell and bleed. Her parents Bradley and Becky Sroka became concerned when Band-aids didn’t suffice, so they sought help. Since it was a Saturday, their pediatrician’s office was closed and Bradley’s doctor’s office… Read more »

A chart of technology stocks suggests they may collapse in a regulatory-driven sell-off similar to tobacco and banks

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Description: Washington’s increased scrutiny of technology giants could spell trouble for their stocks, if history is any guide. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 09, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/09/bank-of-americas-hartnett-warns-tech-may-end-up-like-tobacco-banks.html Questions for discussion: What do the charts say about the effect of increased government regulations on stocks? What risk is there for tech stocks, in your… Read more »

Bourbon, America’s native spirit, is caught in the cross hairs of Trump’s trade war

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Description: America’s beloved liquid spirit is caught in the cross hairs of Washington and Beijing’s trade battle. Source: CNBC.com – video report Date: Apr 07, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/04/06/bourbon-americas-native-spirit-is-caught-in-the-cross-hairs-of-trumps-trade-war.html Questions for discussion: How have the threats over tarriffs and trade affected this industry? How should investors handle the stocks affected by the current climate? How might… Read more »

The Disappearing Doctor: How Mega-Mergers Are Changing the Business of Medical Care

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Description: Big corporations — giant retailers and health insurance companies — are teaming up to become your doctor. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Apr 07, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/07/health/health-care-mergers-doctors.html Questions for discussion: What is happening to the business of medical practice? Why is this happening? Is this a good thing, in your opinion? Should governments intervene?

Technology now makes up a quarter of the stock market, its biggest weighting since dot-com bubble

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Description: Technology, this year’s best-performing sector, hasn’t been this big in more than 17 years. Source: CNBC.com Date: Feb 28, 2018 Link: https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/28/technology-now-makes-up-a-quarter-of-the-stock-market.html Questions for discussion: What does the growth of technology stock value mean for investors? Why is there concern over its size and growth at this time?

U.S. Blocks a Chinese Deal Amid Rising Tensions Over Technology

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Description: HONG KONG — United States officials have torpedoed a Chinese state-backed group’s plan to buy an American electronics company, signaling the Trump administration’s continuing skepticism toward Chinese investment deals, particularly those that involve transferring technological know-how. Source: NYTimes.com Date: Feb 23, 2018 Link: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/23/technology/china-microchips-cfius-xcerra.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftechnology&action=click&contentCollection=technology&region=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=2&pgtype=sectionfront Questions for discussion: What does this report suggest about the… Read more »